The Andrews Labor Government is boosting public transport in the Macedon Ranges, with more bus services and simpler timetables to better connect Lancefield and Romsey with Gisborne and Sunbury.

60 extra services will make travel simpler for locals and give more options for travel between key towns in the Macedon Ranges.

Under the changes being introduced on 7 July the number of weekday services connecting Lancefield, Romsey and Monegeetta with surrounding destinations will increase from 85 to 145.

The existing service will be broken down into three distinct routes, each with their own timetables, with extra services added on each route.

Lancefield to Sunbury will have an increase to nine return trips on weekdays, and the Lancefield to Gisborne services will increase from two return services, to ten.

Lancefield to Sunbury services will also better connect with trains at Sunbury whilst maintaining existing connections at Clarkefield Station in the peak.

All services will now run to the same stopping patterns from Monday to Saturday, reducing the confusion passengers often experienced under the previous timetable which offered eight different trip variations.

These extra services add to more than 100 new bus services, introduced in April to the Kyneton bus network including a new Kyneton-Trentham route which has given Trentham and Tylden residents public transport access to key Kyneton destinations for the first time.

New timetables and maps outlining the service changes will be available from 7 June on the PTV website at ptv.vic.gov.au.

Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas:

“We’re serious about improving public transport for all regional Victorians and this is yet another example of how we’re determined to deliver for the Macedon Ranges.”

“We’re making public transport across the Macedon Ranges easier to navigate with better links to trains, simpler timetables and more regular buses.”